We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
We believe in one God, holy, eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and immutable, existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father sovereignly governs the heavens and the earth and all things seen and unseen according to His own purpose and grace.
Sin is a direct offense against the Father, yet He offers forgiveness to all who come to Him through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men and hears and answers prayer.
GOD THE SON
Jesus Christ is the Son, Creator of all things, and the only begotten Son of the Father. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, He was born of a virgin. He is God incarnate, truly man and truly God in essence and character. He became flesh to seek and save the lost and to present Himself as the perfect and sinless sacrifice for all men for all time. His resurrection defeated death and proved His Deity. He ascended physically to the Father and continually intercedes for those redeemed through faith in Him. He righteously judges all creation.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is totally and completely God. He is eternally existent and equal in essence and character to the Father and Son. He works in the world today to convict and convince men of their sins, enabling them to repent. He comforts, encourages, instructs, indwells, seals, and empowers the children of God, all the while interceding before the Father on their behalf. He inspired the Scriptures. He alone grants spiritual gifts and abilities and distributes them among the saints as He sees fit.
Man was created in God’s image, perfect and without sin. With his free will he disobeyed God. Since that time all mankind has become guilty of sin, both by inheritance and by choice. Man is unable to save himself or remedy his lost condition.
Because man is unable to save himself, God, in His infinite love, provided the means for salvation. Paying the penalty of our sins by shedding His blood on the cross, Christ purchased our redemption. Man being drawn by the Holy Spirit, must submit to our Lord Jesus Christ by repenting of his sins and asking Jesus to be his Savior. God then receives us as His adopted children and grants to us every spiritual blessing available in Christ. As salvation depends solely on God’s grace through faith in Christ, so does the believer’s confidence concerning our position as adopted children.
Being a new creation in Christ, the believer is instructed to forget those things which are behind and focus on what is ahead. The believer is admonished to live a life that is yielded to the Holy Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control should characterize this life.
When we stumble and fall as God’s children, we are instructed to humbly confess our sin and turn back to the obedient life God desires for us. When we obey that instruction, God completely rebuilds and completely restores us to the position of dignity He always intended for us to have.
The Church consists of all those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, regardless of ethnical, denominational, cultural, or political differences. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.
The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God and the education and equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry through the Word of God, prayer and fellowship. This local body also has the responsibility for the proclamation of the gospel, the watchful care of the needy, observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the exercising of Spiritual gifts.
We believe that Satan was created as the angel Lucifer, glorious in form and authority. He fell from Heaven when he was lifted up with pride and determined to be like God. Other angels joined him in his rebellion and all were cast out of Heaven. These demons now inhabit the earth and are the enemy of God and man. Today they tempt men, possess victims, destroy godly values and particularly target the efforts of the children of God. They are limited in wisdom, power and authority. Believers have been given the power and authority to know their enemy, to expose him, and to thwart his efforts. Satan and his demon companions are defeated and will be judged at a time in the future appointed by God.
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgement.
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and at a time known only to the Father. This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth, which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.